What's New

Updates from UWOFA and around the world of higher education

COVID Updates

New Letters of Understanding, UWOFA relief fund

Collective Agreements

Get the facts from the source. View both faculty and LA agreements

Apply to UWOFA's new COVID Relief Fund

Contract academic staff members of UWOFA holding a limited-duties appointment or standing appointment are invited to apply for UWOFA's new Covid Relief Fund. The application deadline for Cycle 1 is October 31, 2020.

Click here for more information about the new fund, including the application form. 

UWOFA Equity Champions

UWOFA’s Equity Committee has developed a series of profiles highlighting the perspectives and contributions related to equity among UWOFA members. They are also designed to help facilitate conversations about the ‘everyday’ nature of equity, and inequity, among our members.

Toward a stronger, more united, more engaged Association

As I write this column, it’s been seven months since the World Health Organization announced the Covid-19 pandemic. In the days and weeks following that announcement, campus life at Western and elsewhere changed beyond recognition. In the spirit of solidarity, UWOFA members rallied to help our students salvage their winter term courses. We transitioned rapidly (if not always smoothly) to the new world of remote instruction.

New Letter of Understanding recognizes distinct demands placed on Indigenous faculty members

In mid-August, UWOFA and the employer signed a new Letter of Understanding (LOU) that will make review processes more equitable for Indigenous faculty members. Brent Debassige, Director of Indigenous Education and an associate professor in the Faculty of Education, recently spoke with UWOFA about how the changes contained in the new LOU will affect Indigenous faculty members' working conditions.

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.